The Providence Healthcare Network was born and built on compassion. Founded in 1905 by the Daughters of Charity as a ministry to the suffering, compassion has remained our driving mission over decades of growth and development.
Providence is a comprehensive healthcare network that year after year provides the best physicians and staff with leading edge equipment and facilities. It’s this commitment to the best care that drives our vision and results in Providence consistently being recognized and certified for excellence in healthcare.
The Providence Healthcare Network is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.
Providence - Compassion and Excellence since the beginning...
- 1905 - Waco's first hospital
- 1906 - Waco's first School of Nursing
- 1950 - Waco's first Heart Clinic
- 1973 - Waco's first open heart surgery
- 1982 - Waco's first coronary angioplasty
- 1993 - Waco's first cardiac stent procedure performed
- 1997 - Waco's first Wound Care Center
- 1999 - Waco's first Chest Pain ER
- 2004 - Waco's first Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center
- 2005 - Named Top 100 Heart Hospital
- 2008 - Waco's first Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center
- 2011 - Waco's first accredited Chest Pain Center
- 2013 - Ranked 4th in Texas for Critical Care
- 2013 - Ranked 1st in Texas for Cardiac Surgery and among the top 5% in the Nation
First Administrator and her Companions
Sister Mary Gabriel Murtagh, Administrator, 1904-1910
Sister Mary Otis, Companion
Sister Louise O'Brien, Companion
Sister Mary Angela O'Brien, 1910-1912
Sister Regina Maloney, 1912-1927
Sister Ursula Fenton, 1927-1941
Sister Margaret Callahan, 1947-1953
Sister John Gabriel McPhee, 1953-1958
Sister De Paul Williams, 1958-1961
Sister Austin Cusimano, 1961-1975
Sister Seraphine Ferrero, 1975-1984
Mr. Kent A. Keahey, FACHE, 1984-2013
Current President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Brett Esrock, FACHE 2013-